Merry, Happy, Good National Food Day! What’s that? You’re so busy getting ready for Halloween that you almost forgot about this day meant to “inspire Americans to change their diets and our food policies”? Horrors!
Well, no worries! While the Food Day website has plenty of general ideas on how to celebrate this national event, The Organic Adventurer is here with some very specific things you can do…today, tomorrow, all year long!
Give your input to the FDA on the new FSMA rules: It’s mid-term election season, and you’re already thinking about casting your vote and having your voice heard. Well, here’s another opportunity to do that! The FDA recently revised parts of these proposed rules and is asking for feedback from farmers and consumers before the rules are finalized. Give it to ‘em! You can read the full text of the draft rules here. There is some interesting background provided here, and there is guidance and analysis provided here.
Take a look at what your child’s school serves for lunch: Our friend over at Florida Coastal Cooking has been! Take a look at her Facebook page to see what she’s found. Don’t like what you see? Check out celeb. chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign to change school lunches. Meanwhile, resolve to pack a healthy lunch for your child to take at least three times a week. Check out Florida Coastal Cooking’s recipes for easy, packable lunch ideas like crustless sandwich rounds (the comparison between the commercial version and her own, homemade version will blow your mind!) and collard sushi.
Join a local CSA: ‘Tis the farming season in Florida, so get healthy and strong by supporting a healthy, strong local food system. If you’re local, check out Down to Earth Farm’s CSA or KYV Farm’s CSA. There are also bunches of other local food producers, co-ops, farmers markets and more, so contact us to start your local food adventure. If you’re a remote reader, try localharvest.org or contact us for help with finding local food in your area.
Plant a pot of cool-season veggies: It doesn’t get more local than your backyard, rooftop, sunny window sill, porch or balcony. If you have a sliver of sun, you can grow something great to eat! We highly recommend kale. It grows great in containers that can be set out in the sun during the day and moved indoors if you live where it’s already getting near freezing at night (although some varieties are very cold hardy). Kale is also easy to care for and lasts a long time. Harvest the mature outer leaves and the small inner leaves will continue to grow! Sow True Seed (Southeast/Mid-Atlantic) Sustainable Seed Company (West) and Seed Savers Exchange (Mid-West) are great places to get your seeds. Here’s a tip: If you have just a few containers or a small garden, go in on a seed order with a friend or six. It’s a great way to cut costs and not have a bunch of extra seeds to store. Plus, it’s fun to plan your gardens and seed orders together! Give us a shout if you’d like some help starting your grow-your-own adventure.
Buy a ticket for a foodie fundraiser: Show your support for local food producers (and some great organizations) by attending events like the Farm to San Marco dinner happening tomorrow (October 25) at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville’s Whatley Park. Proceeds from this farm-to-table dinner, presented by GastroJax Inc. and the San Marco Preservation Society, benefit Berry Good Farms at the North Florida School of Special Education and the San Marco Preservation Society. Check out Facebook, your community events calendars and the websites of your favorite organizations to find a farm-to-table event, community picnic or similar event near you.
How do you celebrate real food? Comment and let us know what ideas you have for creating and sustaining a delicious American food culture!